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Leo Royalty to reign over La Verne’s magic kingdom

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Jacob Barriga
Staff Writer

Homecoming week festivities kicked off Monday with the theme “Tale As Old As Time” Monday in the Campus Center Ballroom.

The Campus Activities Board announced the nominees for the 2019 Homecoming Court, featuring a Disneyland theme this year.

Organized by CAB, the notion of royalty as opposed to kings and queens has to do with an interest in being more inclusive across gender versus traditional stereotypes, coordinators said. 

The Homecoming Court nominees are junior business administration major Chris Kechician, senior sociology major Brianna Salcido, senior broadcast television major Alyssa Munoz, senior business administration major John Ceja, sophomore computer science major Marwan Hassan, and junior communications major Aleyah Mungia. 

“(This) means a lot because I was voted in by the students at the University,” Salcido said. 

“It is an honor to know that they see the qualities of Leo Royalty in me. It is an experience that I will always remember, and everyone who has shown their support for me,” she added.

The Homecoming court nominees attended the events throughout the week wearing their sashes and interacting with students to earn votes for the crowning of the Leo Royalty at 1 p.m. Saturday on the steps of Founders Hall.

“I am the most excited for Homecoming day on Saturday,” Ceja said. “I like to see how everyone gets creative for the event and the clubs are able to express themselves in a great way.”

Some previous Leo Royalty alumni came back to present roses to the 2019 court nominees during Monday’s Illumination ceremony, including last year’s winner Ryan Hoffman. 

Additional homecoming activities included an Enchanted Tiki Room at the Hanawalt House, a Pixar Pier themed set-up in Sneaky Peak, Main Street Cinema viewing of “The Lion King,” at the Citrus Courtyard and Toy Story Mania at the Citrus Courtyard and Leo’s Den.

Students voted for Leopard royalty during the events Tuesday through Thursday. 

Homecoming activities will continue Saturday. They include a street fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sneaky Park, following a Homecoming tailgate from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Parking Lot A. The football team will take on Whittier at 5 p.m. at Ortmayer Stadium.

Jacob Barriga can be reached at jacob.barriga@laverne.edu.

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